Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley Re­sult

Or­gan­iser: Star­trax When: Sh­effield Starters: 39

April 10


Owler­ton Sta­dium,

A cou­ple of weeks ago, Bobby Griffin was robbed of a fi­nal win when he was col­lected in a last-bend pile-up while lead­ing the race at Belle Vue. Last Sun­day at Sh­effield, Griffin was able to make up for his dis­ap­point­ment by record­ing his first BRISCA F1 fi­nal win.

Tom Boyer and Thomas Stephen­son bat­tled for the lead from the drop of the green un­til they tan­gled on lap three. That al­lowed Griffin to grab the ad­van­tage. Be­hind him Joe Booth, Frankie Wain­man Ju­nior Jr and Jack France were in­volved in a tremen­dous scrap for sec­ond place.

Griffin ap­peared to be on his way to a com­fort­able win when the race was brought un­der cau­tion when France and Wain­man tan­gled. That sent France into the back straight fence and the se­verely dam­aged ma­chine re­bounded off the bar­rier and be­came stricken on the rac­ing line.

On the restart, Griffin was able to pull away from his purs­ers. Mark Gil­bank man­aged to barge his way into sec­ond place but was un­able to close on the race leader. Craig Fin­nikin put on one of his cus­tom­ary late-race charges to come home third. Booth held on for fourth.

“On the last lap I was think­ing I’ve got it,” said Griffin. “Then I told my­self ‘no I haven’t un­til I cross the line’. I knew I was lead­ing be­fore the yel­low flag but wasn’t sure by how much. I got a good restart and could see them get­ting closer in my mir­ror and I was just hop­ing they wouldn’t get to me.”

Gil­bank, who won last week at Coven­try, said: “I nearly had back-to­back wins but just couldn’t get to him.”

Sh­effield has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a tough track to race at and it lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion on Sun­day. Points leader Frankie Wain­man Jr rolled his car dur­ing his heat race; he was able to make re­pairs and chalked up a third place fin­ish in the con­so­la­tion, which keeps him top of the points ta­ble. He heads that from Dan John­son, with Nigel Green one point be­hind in third.

Griffin made up for his dis­ap­point­ment at Belle Vue with a win BRISCA F1

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